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BOTD 10/31/13 "Head Start" A DMK Production

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1 BOTD 10/31/13 "Head Start" A DMK Production on Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:46 pm

David M. Katz

A DMK Production

You are the single parent of a ten year old boy, Donnie.  Donnie is spanked if a punishment is needed.

Normally you carve the jack-o-lantern for Halloween but have decided this year that Donnie is old enough to handle this task with your supervision.  Donnie is excited and the two of you go and select a pumpkin.  You stress to Donnie that you will need to be present to supervise the carving.  You explain to Donnie that the carving knives are very sharp.  Donnie agrees to wait for you.

It is the day before Halloween.  Donnie is excited to carve the pumpkin.  You tell him as soon as you get home from work that the two of you will make the jack-o-lantern.

Donnie gets home from school about two hours before you get home from work.  The teenage girl next door comes by and watches Donnie until you get home.  Donnie decides he can't wait to carve the pumpkin and so as soon as he gets home from school he starts.  

You get home from work and the sitter is in the living room doing her homework.  You ask about Donnie and she tells you he is hanging out on the sun porch.

You go to check on Donnie and you see:

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He says to you, "I decided to get a head start."

What is your response?

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


Maybe, instead of telling him I thought he was incompetent, I should have stressed how much I wanted this to be something we did together. Maybe, if I'm really worried about him using a knife, I should buy one of those 'safe carving' kits. Maybe I should teach him how to use a knife.

I just can't see ruining his enthusiasm and happiness for this - I'm going to change clothes and join in. Later, I'll let him know that I'm disappointed in him, and why I was worried.


Very Happy  count me in with jack......cute little guy is just so happy I couldn't shatter that.....scratch  but maybe I need to look into a new sitter if she is letting my 10 year old play with sharp knives...

hugs kal


I'd hate to be the one to turn happiness and laughter into tears and sadness by giving him a spanking, and how could I do it to him with a smile on his face that's as wide as the Grand Canyon.


I agree with everyone else. And from what I can tell from the picture, that IS one of the "safe carving kits"

When I was an active carver, I used such kits, and had, by far, the "coolest pumpkins around". One year, we did the Muppets, complete with Gonzo having a nose made of a squash.


Ok, I'm just going to wave the water slightly.  I don't want to ruin the occasion but I DO want him to know I'm a bit displeased with him.  At 10, he should be sufficiently competent with a knife that this really should be a non-issue.  Using one of the 'safe knives' render the point even more moot.

My crisis is driven in the sense that I told him to wait and he disregarded my orders.  I know how easy it is for a 10 year old to lose all sense of perspective, so I am in Jack's camp in the sense that I would reinforce the concept that I wanted to do this as some special "us time".  

I do think though that I'd punctuate that with at least a couple of stingoors as a reminder as to what will happen the next time I say "wait" and he does not.

David M. Katz

I am with Jack!

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

Stone Man

Donnie, my almost always well behaved boy, is alive and there's no blood. I shall join him in his enthusiasm and watch/help him finish his carving. Tomorrow Donnie will join his school in their annual Halloween Parade and go Trick-or-Treating in the early evening. November 1st will be soon enough for us to discuss my displeasure with him not following my directions and working on the carving without me and why I'm as displeased as I am.

As Donnie is not injured, I see no reason to ruin his good mood and good memories of this holiday time. I want him to learn from this mistake, but see no reason I can't do it gently... other than the Twisted Evil stingoors Twisted Evil  I HAVE to give to my cute boy.

John Boy

I'm with Jacko-Lantern and Katz. Razz


I'm with Jack - subject to Kal's concern about the sitter


I think I do want to remind him what I said but I will let it slide this time in the ahem... spirit of the occasion. I might ask Donnie if the sitter knew what he was
up to as I may hire a different one next time.


Editor Extraordinaire
I'm with Jack also. I also agree with Kal -- the sitter doesn't seem to be very engaged.



I'm looking for a more responsible sitter.

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